Oklahoma woman works to change law after man convicted of molesting her moves next door

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BRISTOW, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman says the man who was convicted of molesting her when she was a little girl now lives next door.

“He’s like right there, practically in my backyard and that kind of makes me nervous and not want to go home ever,” 21-year-old Danyelle Dyer told KFOR.

Danyelle and her family say her uncle, Harold English, recently got out of prison and moved in with his mother whose property is just over the fence.

“When you have to see it, I can only imagine what it does to my daughter when she’s there and she has to witness it,” said Laurina Dyer. “She shouldn’t have to. Very heartbreaking.”

It's hard for her mom to talk about it, but it's even harder for her dad.

“Not only is my daughter feeling her past come back to haunt her, but a lot of years of rage and anger that I’ve kept under my collar is sitting right outside my door,” said Greg Dyer.

But the hardest part for both of them is what they say the situation has forced their daughter to do.

“She’s had to bring her deepest, darkest secrets out for the public to view just to try to rid this person of her life," Greg said.

And that’s exactly what Danyelle did. She posted about her new neighbor on Facebook, including the words “meet my abuser and my new neighbor.”

Now, she and her family want the law changed.

“It’s adding one word in there where it talks, where they can and can’t live, just adding ‘victim’ right there along with schools and playgrounds,” said Danyelle.

“Supposedly he paid his debt to society and as long as he’s not near a church or a daycare or where children gather, he’s free to do as he wishes,” said Greg.

They’ve been talking to lawmakers and in the meantime, Danyelle says sharing her story isn’t shameful. She’s even had other women reach out to her.

“It’s very empowering for me because I feel like I’m making a difference and I didn’t share my story for nothing and that it is bringing about positive change,” said Danyelle. “Whether it helps one woman and I can help one woman than I’m completely happy with that.”

KFOR stopped by her grandmother’s home to see if her grandmother or English would talk, but they were told to leave. KFOR also spoke to Representative Kyle Hilbert, and he said he’s working with the family and lawmakers about the issue. He hopes to get a new law on the books during the next session.